Charles Benjamin Rust, 88, of Adams, passed away on Friday January 8, 2021 at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Graveside memorial services will be conducted Thursday January 14th at 2:00 p.m. in the Adams Cemetery with Reverend Ken Gillespie and Reverend Paul Edwards officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the graveside memorial service.
Mr. Rust was born May 4, 1932 in New Tazwell to the late Noel D. and Thelma Lynch Rust. He was one of three remaining students that graduated from Bell School in the class of 1949. He went on to graduate from Austin Peay State University, Purdue University, and Western Kentucky University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served five years at the end of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Rust retired from the Todd County Board of Education where he began as a classroom teacher, then went on to serve as a principal, and then serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools with over 40 years of combined service. He was a member of Adams United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Adams Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. He was a Commissioner for the City of Adams from 1963-1989 and served as Mayor of Adams from 1987 until 1989. Mr. Rust loved working in his vegetable garden, mowing his yard, and always enjoyed reading the daily newspaper and his Bible every day. The highlight of his life was his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He adored his wife, his three daughters, and especially his two grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings: Walter Scott Rust, Dartha Louise Rust, Janet Rust, Thelma Ann Rust Davenport, and Glenda Kay Rust Hunter. Mr. Rust is survived by his wife, Martha Belk Rust, whom he would be married to for 45 years this coming August, by his daughters and son-in-law: Sarah and Jeremy Cecil of Clarksville, Martha Elizabeth Rust of Decatur, GA, and Nancy Gay Rust of Adams, by the two that kept the sparkle glowing in his eyes, his grandchildren, Charlee and Katherine Cecil, by his sister: Carrie Neter Rust of Lafayette, IN, and by his nieces, nephews, and many friends.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Robertson County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements
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